- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A proposal to pay people stipends not to commit crimes in the nation’s capital appears dead after Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council declined to fund it.

Bowser, a Democrat, did not include money for the program in her budget. And Democratic D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, who came up with the program, advanced a budget Thursday without the cuts needed to pay for it.

The council voted unanimously to approve the stipends as part of a larger crime bill. The idea came from a similar program in Richmond, California. City officials would have identified people considered likely to commit or become victims of violent crime and enrolled them in behavioral therapy and other programs. Participants would have been paid for fulfilling those obligations and staying out of trouble.

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